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The Butterfly Girl
The Butterfly Girl: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life. The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in needand the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterfliesher guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhoodthe Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her. As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when youve been found? But will they find the answer too late?
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Gissy
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Last book read in Contemporary-A-Thon & also it was discussed in book club at BookMarkPR.This a sequel novel, I have not read 1st book yet.It is a thriller, so my recommendation is that you should go blind but it is about an investigator who search missing children.The end was too happy but after our interview with the author my perspective changed. She was a foster girl & now is a foster mom.Her experiences motivated her to write the book 3.9⭐️❤️

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Lizpixie
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Bk2 of my #24B4Monday #readathon is finished. Bk2 also of the “Child Finder” series, it definitely lived up to the expectations from Bk1, it continued Naomi‘s story brilliantly while weaving it with that of another lost girl.While Naomi is driven to find the sister she‘s only just remembered having, Celia is driven from fear of what her stepdad will do to the sister she left behind. #Booked2020 #AnimalOnTheCover #PopSugar20 #MeantToReadIn2019 👇👇

Cinfhen Would also work for #CoverCrush 💚🥰 1mo
Cinfhen I love the idea of #AntiAlphabetSoup / I‘m guessing it‘s titles that omit a letter???!!! 1mo
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Lizpixie @Cinfhen Yes! @Clwojick pointed it out, there‘s a group on goodreads I think👍 1mo
jb72 You‘re doing great! 1mo
Andrew65 Great time as always. 👏👏👏 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I need to read this series. I enjoyed 1mo
Bklover I have this one waiting on my bedside table. Loved the first one! 1mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk2 of my #24B4Monday #readathon is the 2nd book in the “Child Finder” series. I had no idea this existed until recently, the 1st book was in my Top 10 of 2018. Naomi specialises in finding missing children,having been one herself she‘s uniquely qualified for the job.But the last one brought back some memories, of a sister she knows nothing about.And now there‘s Celia, a 12yr old on the run, believing in nothing but the butterflies all around her.

JacqMac I didn‘t know there was a second book. I loved the first one, too. Now I have a mission. Lol 1mo
jb72 It‘s always nice to find more books with characters you like. 1mo
Lizpixie @JacqMac it‘s well worth tracking down, it brings Naomis story to a satisfying end. 1mo
JacqMac @Lizpixie Thanks for letting me know. I put it on hold at the library. 1mo
Andrew65 A great cover, doing well as usual. 1mo
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Shvonne
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Sequel to The Child Finder. You don‘t need to read the previous book but it helps with context for a few things. TW: Child abuse and molestation.

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Bklover
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Do any of you do this too? I read The Child Finder by this author quite a while ago. I have been waiting and waiting for her next book (this one) to finally come out. I received it for Christmas (I was rather specific in my requests) and am ecstatic. Only now I can‘t get myself to start reading it. Because then.....then it will be over. So I carry it around with me.
😳😳🙄

lele1432 You‘re not alone lol 1mo
LauraJ All the time! 1mo
marleed oh yes, I read 5 Taylor Jenkins Reid stories in 2019. I physically own her first two books, but I've waited to read them just so I have something to anticipate right at my very fingertips! 1mo
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aartichapati Is this the author who wrote The Enchanted? If so, I completely understand that feeling of anticipation and nostalgia all at once! 1mo
Bklover @LauraJ @lele1432 😊👍 (edited) 1mo
Bklover @marleed Yes! I‘ll get to it eventually. Just want to savor it for a while. 1mo
Bklover @aartichapati Yes -same author! I love this series with Naomi! 1mo
robinb Guilty too! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤣 1mo
Victoria_Clyne I had to wait well over a year for the final installment in a series. Was so excited to get my copy, which was a physical book to match the other. Started reading it but put it down because with two little kids I just couldn't focus on it enough. I'm hoping to read it this year. 1mo
Lizpixie 🙋🏻‍♀️me too. 1mo
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AshleyC816
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I enjoyed this one! Good follow-up to the Child Finder. Creepy without being over the top. I also really rooted for the little girl and her friends-tough little kids!

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mdm139
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This was a great sequel to the first book. I liked this one better and the author has improved her writing. Parts were very sickening to read but that is the reality of the world. Book 3 of #24B42020. @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookworm54 #wintergames #teamnutcracker

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mdm139
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Today‘s candle is Whoville and smells of candy canes and vanilla cupcakes. Going to start this tbr book while my hubby hangs more book shelves in the library. @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookworm54 #wintergames #teamnutcracker

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Bklover
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This was my Christmas and birthday haul. My kids know me lol. My oldest daughter looked at my Litsy TBR and went shopping! Plus my son-in-law got me a bookish iPad cover too! This year Christmas was financially rough for me and my awesome children made up for it. Made me a proud mama. So I‘m not sure where to start! #LittenChristmasBooks

squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! ❤️ 2mo
Bklover @squirrelbrain Thanks, Helen. I‘m almost embarrassed. That‘s the most I‘ve ever gotten for Christmas- I was overwhelmed! 2mo
Beatlefan129 I saw those socks and had to google the company—they make a donation to a non-profit for every pair of socks they sell, which is awesome! 2mo
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TrishB Lovely gifts ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 How wonderful! 2mo
Bklover @Beatlefan129 Isn‘t that great about the sock company? My daughter is a social worker and has a knack for finding these kinds of things. 2mo
Reggie How nice!!! 2mo
WriterReaderTrainer Aw, this warms my heart. People supporting people. ❤ 2mo
Bklover @WriterReaderTrainer It warms my heart too!❤️ 2mo
Ladygodiva7 I love the So Many Books iPad cover! 💙 2mo
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“What the children needed, she told them, was to hear they were loved. Not loved despite what happened to them. Loved including it. That‘s what we all want, Naomi thought...”

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”It made Celia think of how butterflies turn poison into protection. The monarch eats milkweed plants and turns them into honest-to-God cyanide, so any predator that eats it will die. Celia liked that. She wished she was capable of killing men for just a taste. She imagined what the streets would look like then. But the poison comes with a cost, she thought. The butterfly, eaten, still dies.”

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WanderingBookaneer
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Loving this cover!

Balibee146 It's fantastic 👍 3mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk2 in my #libraryhaul is the sequel to The Child Finder, a book I read in 2017. After the events in Bk1, Naomi, an investigator specialising in child abductions, is now dealing with the memories of a sister lost when she was an abducted child herself. Following a lead to Portland, Oregon, she finds that young girls have been going missing for months, only to be found later in the river. I really liked the 1st book so have high hopes for this.

Bklover I didn‘t realize this was out! I really really liked The Child Finder- will be looking forward to your thoughts on this one. 3mo
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rsteve388
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This book should come with a trigger warning. It has homelessness and molestation and was really hard to listen to. A beautiful story about resilience and the difficulty it takes to keep hope in times of dire needs.

This story is labeled as a thriller psychological suspense and while it had those components my initial feeling of the story is that what makes it scary is that the author describes homelessness so accurately. #Teamslaughter

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rsteve388

Start this book yesterday. I am working my way through two books in this last week. 1.) NO Exit and 2.) The Butterfly Girl. I am currently up to Chapter 16 to 26 today. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Also are you all ready for #AllHallowsRead I can't wait to open my box tomorrow!

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BookBelle84
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This was a beautifully written book. Rene Denfeld shows a side of homeless youth that most people don't understand, like she did in The Enchanted with death row inmates. She creates amazing empathy as a reader and her characters are so complex. While this book is technically a mystery I think it was so much more. It will certainly make me look at the homeless in my own city under a while new light.

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Kimbono
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Next up...

Bklover How was this one? I‘ve been looking forward to it! 2mo
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MelindaOtt
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was a little perplexed when I saw that The Child Hunter had a sequel, but I knew I had to read it. This one wasn't an easy read--you can apply pretty much all the trigger warnings to this book, but it was a beautiful read. Denfield's language is evocative and she can write about even the ugliest things in a way that is still beautiful. My one caveat is that I would definitely recommend reading The Child Finder before this one.

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BookBelle84
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Such beautiful writing.

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JenReadsAlot
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So good! I've loved every book by this author. #catsoflitsy

overtheedge Gorgeous cat 4mo
JenReadsAlot @overtheedge Thank you! 4mo
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Reagan
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I‘m failing super hard at reading this slowly and savouring every word. I was on page 40 this morning and I cannot stop reading.

JenReadsAlot I'm so excited for this book! 4mo
CBee I didn‘t realize there was a 2nd book in the series! Devoured the first one! 4mo
Reagan @JenReadsAlot @CBee I finished it and loved it!! I hope there is another one. 4mo
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bookishkris
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Five stars, fan-freaking-tastic, all the good review things. This was amazing. I loved The Child Finder (loved it even more upon rereading), and this did not disappoint. As always, the children were just as richly drawn as the adults, which shows the respect Denfeld has for children. The writing was beautiful, and while I kind of assumed how things would turn out, I liked the way it was handled. A must read if you liked The Child Finder.

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BlueStockingReviews
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Sign up for The Butterfly Girl drawing at https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/contact-me Registration ends 9/30/19. Book publishing 10/1/19.

Well-ReadNeck 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5mo
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MargaretPinardAuthor
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Finished listening to this book on audio—what an exciting finale! And while two characters were on the train through the forest, I was on a train through Baltimore! (Or should‘ve been, if Amtrak wasn‘t delayed 😤)
Some of the landscape evokes the industrial unkempt area of Portland that provides setting for the book...

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Mirandareads
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The Butterfly Girl is the sequel to Child Finder, a novel I LOVED!! This was just as good if not better. I am in love with Rene Denfeld's writing 💜.

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irre
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June 2019
It‘s been a busy month.
Favorite: Ask Again, Yes

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Lots of great reads there! 💖📖💖 8mo
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irre
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Another great novel by Rene Denfeld. Difficult subject matter, but still full of hope.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I still need to read this author! I own 9mo
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irre
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Lots of great books today. I‘m most excited about the tagged book. My kids were happy too with all the books I got for them. #BookExpo

britt_brooke Nice!! 9mo
MrBook Niiiice! Seeing you tomorrow? 😁🤞🏻🤞🏻🤗 9mo
irre @MrBook I hope so. I‘ll keep my eye out. 9mo
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Kappadeemom
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Flying through this advanced copy. So heartbreaking.

JenReadsAlot I loved her other books! 10mo
irre I can‘t wait to read it. Such a great author! 10mo
Kappadeemom This book. Ohmygosh. It was so good and so hard to read. As someone who lives in a small town,I haven‘t really thought that much about homeless children (and why they might be homeless). I think I am like a lot of people that think that someone in “authority” can take care of them. These children get murdered and/or go missing and then forgotten within a few hours. Gut wrenching but a great book. 10mo
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